Despite the years that have passed my veins do not like needles. After just 10 days of not having the Hickman my arms are like pin cushions, bruised and swollen. I am thankful for having the line to get me through the first 3 cycles and to have avoided these problems thus far.
Unfortunately some of the chemotherapy drugs leaked out into the tissue around the cannula in my hand https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extravasation_(intravenous) The way to treat this leak is to inject around the whole area with the antidote dexrazoxane. As you may imagine this needs to be done quickly with no local anaesthetic and is incredibly painful especially as there is no flesh on the back of your hand.
This will hopefully get me through the last two rounds without too much drama! I will await to hear if they need to check if the superbug http://www.everydayhealth.com/klebsiella-pneumoniae/guide/ I contracted when I had the Hickman Line has been cleared by the antibiotics.